Reviews are basically educated opinions backed by a knowledge in the source medium you are critiquing. In this case it's a film, The Grudge 2, to be more specific. After all is said and done, and the battle fought with criticisms and praises is over, a potential viewer cannot truly judge how "good" a film is by what the critics say. I know this may sound alarming coming from my mouth (an aspiring critic and professional appreciator) but it is true.
Often I find myself in the position as gatekeeper of your cinematic experiences, opening the doors to films I deem worthy and closing you off from the "bad" ones.
The truth is, there isn't a single bad movie out there that at least one person doesn't love. On the other side of that coin there will always be someone who absolutely abhors something that's considered a classic by the majority.
Well, The Grudge 2 is one of those films that no matter what review I give it, people will often have a pre-determined idea of the movie and probably won't give it a chance, and then of course there's the other side that will gush about how "awesome" it is, discrediting their own taste by making such an outlandish claim. Before I start the review I will quote my friend Nick, the most honest and real person I know. "Opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one." So, with that being said - is this grudge worth holding? Let's see.
In Tokyo, a young woman, Aubrey Davis (Amber Tamblyn) is exposed to the same mysterious curse that afflicted her sister Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar). The supernatural force, which fills a person with rage before spreading to its next victim, brings together a group of previously unrelated people who attempt to unlock its secret to save their lives.
That's the basic gist of the plot, anyway. If you didn't like Ju-On or it's American counterpart, Sam Raimi's 2004 film, The Grudge, then obviously you have already determined that this film is terrible and you should stay away. For those who saw and enjoyed those films - then perhaps you will find the sequel not completely enthralling but not horribly disappointing either.
I can genuinely say that I enjoyed it - though there are some slow points, needless exposition that is supposed to make us care more for certain characters, there are some great jumps and some unsettling imagery that seems to always do the trick. It's like going to a haunted house - you know what to expect and you realize that it's not going to be completely original or awe-inspiring, but you go because you know you'll enjoy it anyway.
All in all, The Grudge 2 is much better than it's main competitor's sequel, The Ring 2 (or Ringu if you please). I would also say that if you relatively liked the first installment of The Grudge than perhaps there's something more to grasp on to with this sequel.
Basically, films are like food. Everyone has different tastes and what might be delicious and filling to one could be unbearable to another. There's also varying levels of food - there's the nutritious meal (which would consist of well done, award-winning cinema) and then there's the junk food (which is where this film might fit on the menu). Either way you'll be filled with something and at the end of it, hopefully you got more out of it than what you put into it.